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Credit default swaps have allowed banks and investors to improve the management of their credit risk, but they may represent a lurking source of contagion in a crisis.

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The eurozone is grappling with a fiscal crisis but its ability to cope is being hampered by a democracy deficit.

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Adaptation is a powerful force that helps ensure the survival of species, but it also has a dark side risk managers should keep in mind.

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Hedges of derivatives counterparty credit exposure - when based on credit default swap spreads - are unreliable and may lull banks into ignoring tail risks.

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European politicians are still blaming rating agencies for the continent's debt crisis - obscuring some of the real problems posed by ratings.

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